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Food trucks are parking it in Jakarta

Monday, 26 May 2014

Already gripped in gridlock and dotted with thousands of street-food hawkers, Jakarta seems like an unlikely city for the food truck trend to take root. But despite the city being virtually un-navigable during many hours of the day, food trucks are popping up around Jakarta and proving that local diners are craving more upscale mobile cuisine.

Jakarta Food Truck
Founded last year, the Jakarta Food Truck is exactly what its name implies. It can be found around South and Central Jakarta serving up original takes on Western and Indonesian favorites. Complete with an awning and a set of stools, the red-and-white truck captures perfectly a vintage mobile-dining experience.

The sloppy joes and the smoky ribs are the winners here: slathered in barbecue sauce and accompanied by fries and coleslaw, they’re a faithful rendition of their sticky-fingered American cousins. Aside from their savoury and filling lunch options, Jakarta Food Truck also has the sweet-toothed in mind with offerings such as red velvet pancakes and Oreo fritters. In short: make sure you can take a little food nap at your desk afterward.

Jakarta Food Truck Jl. Benda No. 46c, Kemang, South Jakarta. Hours: Sat-Sun 10am-5pm.
Jakarta Food Truck, Wisma Bakrie, Jl. Rasuna Said, Kuningan, South Jakarta. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, check Twitter for times.

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Loco Mama

Loco Mama
Never mind the erroneous Spanish grammar, Loco Mama comes correct with its burritos. The bright orange truck is most often seen in a spacious parking lot on Kemang Raya, though occasionally it can be seen rolling up burritos at the nearby art-space-cum-hipster refuge Treehouse when the latter throws weekend parties. It even ventures up to Central Jakarta from time to time.

Loco Mama serves up tasty Mexican fare at a decent price. All the staples can be found here: freshly made nachos, burritos, quesadillas, and tacos. Since Indonesia (Jakarta and parts of Bali specifically) is undergoing a mini Mexican food craze at the moment, many newcomers are stepping up their game, Loco Mama notwithstanding. Try a nice chicken burrito with all the fixings and an ice cold Bintang (or a Corona if you insist on “authenticity”) and watch the world go by. Afterward, barring belly room, dessert nachos may be a go. You won’t be disappointed.

Loco Mama, Jl. Kemang Raya no. 17, Kemang, South Jakarta, p. 62-812/8349-42881. Hours: Sun-Sat 12-6pm.

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Taco truck Indonesia

Taco Truck Indonesia

Taco Truck Indonesia
See above for aforementioned Indonesian Mexican food craze. Taco Truck Indonesia bills itself as Indonesia’s first food truck — and it very well could be — but historic firsts aside, this mobile kitchen occupies “far flung” locations not reached by the previous two and proves you don’t have to be near Kemang to get in on the food truck fun. Taco Truck Indonesia skips South and Central Jakarta and rolls straight through to Pluit in the north and the West Java satellite city of Bekasi.

It also occupies some unchartered and interesting culinary territory. Taco Truck Indonesia, like Loco Mama, grills up the classics, but it also gets a little more experimental in its approach and attempts to marry its host country with its adopted cuisine. Case and point: rendang tacos and burritos. There is also chimichangas (deep fried burritos), “Mex boxes”, and fresh churros for dessert. On the drinks front, Coronas are on the menu, along with sangria and the Mexican favorite horchata. In two words: muy enak!

Taco Truck Indonesia, currently in Summarecon Bekasi for Pasar Senggol Festival, Bekasi, West Jakarta, p. 62-877/8086-7888.


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